Kolkata, Nov 17 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): The 17th edition of Kolkata Film Festival (KFF) finally closed in the presence of a celebrities from the Bengali film industry and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
From Tollywood patriarch Soumitra Chatterjee to megastar Prosenjit Chatterjee, the Nandan film complex turned into a starry venue as the chief minister herself felicitated the stalwarts of Bengali cultural world- from singers like Sandhya Mukherjee to Dwijen Mukhopadhayay and Pratul Mukhopadhayay among others.
“Bengal will be the gateway to the world of films,” said Mamata Banerjee and promised a bigger festival next year when she promised to open the Netaji Indoor Stadium to a larger audience and organize events all seven days there.
Guerrilla, the film from Bangladeshi film based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War, was adjudged the best cinema of the festival and its director Nasiruddin
Yousuff was awarded.
This is the first time that the KFF instituted an award in the festival.
Mamata Banerjee said Bengal will award people from Tollywood, Bollywood and even Hollywood in future.
The festival closing ceremony also witnessed a colourful performance of Tollywood artists as they recreated the bygone era of cinema paying tribute to the legends like Kanan Devi and other famous Bengali names down the decades.
The festival this year had began with the star presence of Shahrukh Khan and Sharmila Tagore.
Filmmakers like Aparna Sen and Gautam Ghosh were also present along with Debasree Roy, Shatabdi Roy and Bengal’s commercial cinema heartthrobs like Jeet whose screen pair Koel Mullick paid a nostalgic tribute to Kanan Devi with her dance performance and
In 1995 when the film festival started the journey and in this seventeen years it has become a part of Bengali’s emotion. It was for first time that the festival was inaugurated at Netaji Indoor Stadium instead of Nandan.
The eight-day long festival screened 150 films from 50 countries of the world.
The films were screened at various venues in Kolkata like: Nandan 1, Nandan 2, Nandan 3, Priya Cinemas, Navina, Star Theatre, SRFTI, Sisir Mancha, New Empire, Purbasree (EZCC) and Fame.
The last film screened at the festival at the main venue Nandan 1 was Faust from Russia by Alexander Sokurov.
(Reporting by Sujoy Dhar / Photos: IBNS)